My mom was a professional tailor by trade, but she really could have made some extra cash as a comedian because she will keep you rolling in laughter. Most times, she's not even trying to be funny, she's just a natural.
Since we've been on this journey, I started capturing and penning those moments as a means of helping me to cope; not just me, but others who may be traveling the same road as I. These are "moments" that I want my children and grandchildren to keep as a memento to share with generations to come. I want #MyFavoriteGirl's voice to still be heard long after she's physically gone. I want others to know that it's okay to laugh because there will be many moments when you may find yourself in tears. I want you to know that laughter is a "safe rest stop" on this journey; it's a spot where you can pull off of the road to rest and rejuvenate in order to safely keep moving along. Most of the moments that I share are hilariously funny. But then, there are those moments that I chose to pen that are not so funny; they are the moments that are real and express the heart-wrenching reality of the effects of this “downright disrespectful” disease on #MyFavoriteGirl.
As you read through my "Momma Moments," I pray that if you are a family caregiver or friend to a loved one with Alzheimer's or dementia, you'll laugh so hard that the laughter becomes the medicine needed to heal the wounds that may be open in your heart. My prayer is also that you be comforted and strengthened in the helpless disposition from which you stand and watch as this disease flippantly takes control and brings about a "new normal" for you and your loved one.
"A happy heart is good medicine and a joyful mind causes healing, but a broken spirit dries up the bones."
Proverbs 17:22, AMP
The Things Momma Say
(After getting home and her calling me to come in her room over and over again...lol)ME: What would you do if I wasn't here?MOM: That's why the Lord let you come. He wouldn't let nobody come but you and that's why I'm so glad!#Perspective #MyFavoriteGirl
(We're riding to church this morning and the radio is playing. Part of the song lyrics, "All Hail King Jesus; All Hail Emmanuel...)
MOM: Well look at what they said, "All Hell." And them church people. Lawd, the folks just saying and singing everything now.
THAT ONE MADE ALL MY DAY...LOL!!!
(Me in the bathroom singing loudly...None but the righteousness shall see God)
MOM (comes in the bathroom): Now that ain't nothing but the devil.
ME: Who the devil?
MOM: You the devil!
ME: (playing around with her) I'm not the devil, you the devil 1st cousin.
MOM: You, you were just born to him!ME:🤣🤣🤣🤣🤣🤣
(We pick up food after church and I order her a Pepsi, which she immediately begins to drink. Mind you there's about a 10-min ride to the house.)
MOM (after eating some of her food and picking up her drink): Well look at this...the people only gave me half a drink.
ME (laughing): No, you drank the other half.
MOM: No I didn't either; I didn't drink any of this. I just picked it up. You need to go back there and tell them they ought to be ashamed of giving people half a drink.
(Me singing...Lord I love you more than anything...)
MOM: Make sho you love'm now cause some folks say they love him and they don't love him.